By Joel Tadman
Me And My Golf Tips: Driving Accuracy - YouTube golfing instruction duo Me And My Golf share a drill that should hopefully help you find more fairways
Me And My Golf Tips: Driving Accuracy
By Andy Proudman, Me and My Golf
One of the biggest reasons for golfers missing the fairway is excessive clubface rotation. It starts during the move away from the golf ball, where the clubface is turning too much and the shaft rolls away from the body.
From here, it becomes much harder to square the clubface at impact, leading to compensations in the downswing – the arms and body are having to work too hard to get that clubface square. Often the clubface is left open and you’ll miss the fairway right, or you’ll overcompensate and miss left.
We want to create a more stable clubface in the takeaway so these compensations aren’t required and, as a result, your action becomes more repeatable. Having the butt of the club pointing more at your trailing hip in the takeaway will promote a squarer clubface.
The drill below should help achieve this, and it will also improve your swing plane, too. It’s an especially good feeling for golfers who slice the ball because it helps stop the clubface from opening in relation to the path - the reason golfers slice the golf ball.
Try this drill - Feel the reach
Step 1 Take your set-up position and move your hands down the shaft so the right hand is touching the steel. Rehearse a move away and as your hands pass your right thigh, the butt of the club should be pointing at your trailing hip, engaging the body as you do so.
Step 2 You’ll notice how the clubface rotates very little in this position. This makes it easier to square the face more consistently at impact, which should tighten your dispersion. It will take time to get used to the feeling of a squarer face but stick with it.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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